Time to share data on congestion

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The Freight Transport Association has backed recommendations by the House of Commons transport committee on sharing data to cut traffic jams.

The report, Out of the jam: reducing congestion on our roads, recommends that the Department for Transport should decide what real-time information should be made available from local authorities and the Highways Agency to road users and what should be provided by the private sector. It also asks DfT to identify and overcome the barriers to collating and delivering that information.

Malcolm Bingham, the FTA’s head of road network management policy, said: “We urge the government to take up the recommendations made to DfT on the supply of traffic information to allow the freight industry to make better informed choices to deliver goods to customers when the road network is under stress. Real-time information is critical if we are to ensure that deliveries are made on time and are not delayed because of congestion.”

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